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Why Are You Here?

January 12, 2013

Why are we here?  Do you ever come to that place in life when you ask that question?  Every birthday that comes around for me often brings up this sometime uncomfortable question.  I have been at this place for the past few weeks, trying to stop and hear from God.  Then a wonderful man and friend died.  Today I attended his funeral and once again became keenly aware of why we are here.

First I want to honor the man I speak of; Jeff Schwartz.  He was not a ‘close’ friend but he was a man of such character that, who he was, came across loud and clear even with only a handful of interactions. It was always clear that he was kind, caring, strong and a man of integrity.  He served this country and the people of it to the point of permanent disability that caused him constant pain.  He was a Godly father, leader in his church, the homeschool community and was devoted to disabled veterans and anyone he met.  He inspired many in this life and he inspires me now even in death.

As I listened to the amazing and uplifting testimonies of those who knew him, I reviewed my own life and my own purpose.  Why are we here?  What are we living for?

Each of us has longings in our hearts.  We long to be loved and accepted and we long to live a life of purpose and meaning.  God places those longing in us to be ultimately fulfilled in him.  Many people have chosen wrong and even harmful paths as they seek to fulfill these longings merely because they sought to fill them apart from God.

We all long for our lives to matter.  What will they say at our funerals?  Why will our lives have mattered?  They will matter if we have understood that the greatest longing of our heart can only be filled with Jesus.  There is no goal or purpose aside from a life in Christ that will matter at the end of the day and at the end of our lives.

So many people, me included, get off track as we find our way through this life.  The longings and desires that stir and even burn within us can be misunderstood and even distorted.  We can head out on a path that leads to heart ache and even destruction when we fail to understand that it is God who placed that longing within us.  It is supposed to lead to Him.

At the end of my life, when I face Jesus, it is these words that I want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant!”  At the point of our death, as we face eternity nothing else will matter; not fame, not fortune, not dreams fulfilled, not family and not religion.  The only thing that will matter is, do you know Him?  Are you washed by the blood of the only one who can gain you entrance into a glorious eternity?

It is only His blood that will speak for you now.  No accomplishments and no great deeds gain you entrance into His kingdom.  So right now, right this very moment; ask yourself, where are you heading?  Have you accepted the one who holds your eternity?  Do you think good works or religious affiliations are your free passes?  Do not be deceived!  It is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that you can enter heaven.  Now, is the time to ask Him.  You can ask for forgiveness of your sins and to receive His salvation.  Do not wait, for you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  None of us do.

When I get to the end of my days, I want every moment to have mattered for Christ.  The legacy we leave is an example of one who pursued Christ, who filled the longings of their heart in Him.  Although tears will be suerly shed, it is my hope that those left behind will also rejoice because my purpose is not to attain anything in this world.  When I depart my body; then, I will have attained my goal, my purpose my ultimate longing.

So, why are we here?  Is it for ourselves?  Is it to reach our personal goals and fulfill what we “think” are the longings of our hearts?  No, we are not our own.  The greatest gift, the greatest purpose is to live for Christ.  The greatest calling and highest hope is to live pleasing to Him and to be a light to this dark world.  We are here only as a prelude to our true home and our true destination.

Let us then not grow weary in well doing.  Let us not take our eyes off the prize.  Let us not focus on that which holds no purpose or value.  We are here to fulfill the purpose for which God created us.  Each of us are special and specifically called.  Jesus is the reason why you are here.  Jesus has the reason why you are here.  The longings He has placed in you will lead you first to Him and then to that which He has designed for you.

At the end of all of our days, may we delight as we hear the words of our Lord, “Well done good and faithful servant.”  And may those who love us know that we are not gone but that we have entered into our greatest longing.

Jeff Schwartz, well done good and faithful servant!

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